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Unrealistic to aim for heights of 2017, says Federer

Russian Karen Khachanov who is playing in the Hopman Cup for the first time practises on the outside courts yesterday Unrealistic to aim for heights of 2017, says Federer
Shannon Reynolds | 29 December, 2017, 05:38

The beach was pretty quiet but those who happened to be there took the opportunity to get pictures and have a quick word with the Swiss tennis giant, who headlines the 30th Hopman Cup, opening at Perth Arena on Saturday.

He beat Rafa Nadal in an epic final to win his fifth Australian Open crown and then clinched his eighth on the grass courts of southwest London to finish the year with seven titles and the world number two ranking.

It was a sensational season by any standards, but especially as Federer has been playing professional tennis since 1998 - a year when Bill Clinton was president of the United States, and James Cameron's "Titanic" won 11 Oscars.

The tennis champion is in Perth for the Hopman Cup before defending his Australian Open title in January.

"It's totally different this time around", said Federer, as quoted by the Express.

Federer doesn't expect to repeat the incredible season he had in 2017, and told reporters that he's going to "try and keep it cool" this year.

"Expectations are higher now but I try to remind myself: "Just don't think it's normal and realistic to aim for the same things I did this year in 2017", he said.

"I've got to stay healthy, can't get sick, you name it". But no I hope it's not my last time, I hope it's not my past year on tour.

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"It was a bit of a reset for my mind, to take things more relaxed", Federer said.

A snorkeller also emerged from the water as Federer was chatting with the children.

He will be up against American world number eight Jack Sock in his pool, while he could face Germany's world number four Alexander Zverev playing in the opposite side of the draw in the final.

There are renewed and heightened expectations for Federer in 2018 after the 36-year-old Swiss maestro enjoyed a renaissance on the ATP Tour.

World sport's highest all-team earner with $144.75 million in prize money already banked, Federer will be contesting his 19th consecutive Australian Open, one shy of Lleyton Hewitt's record of 20 straight.

Switzerland begin group play on Sunday against the Japanese team of Yuichi Sugita and Naomi Osaka.

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